WARSAW — One of the many kids programs offered at the Warsaw Community Public Library is the Maker Club. The family friendly event offers several stations where kids can tune in to their creativity and expand their creativity and knowledge of science.
This month is the first time the library will be hosting two maker clubs, one from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. and then another from 3:30 p.m until 5:30 p.m., with the goal of attracting older kids and teens after school.
A coloring station is a staple, with most of the other stations rotating. This month’s stations featured a lego pulley building station, origami, and snap circuits.
“We want to encourage building and creativity,” said Katie Warrener, head children’s librarian.
The legos building station introduces kids to physics, having to build a carrier and send it down a rope with the intention of it not breaking during the descent or upon impact. Snap circuits introduce kids to basic electrical engineering, teaching kids how circuits work and giving a rewarding laser sound when the circuit is successfully closed.
“The idea of having a makers space is mainly to provide tools and the kids, and older kids, can provide the agenda,” explained Warrener. “We can provide resources the otherwise wouldn’t have.”
Currently the Maker Club is not in a permanent space and is more of a “pop-up” style event. While this means a rotation of activities, most of the stations are kept on stand-by should a kid want to repeat an activity they did a previous time. Warrener hopes that one day the maker space will have a permanent location.
Warrener hopes a permanent location may one day include a 3D printer that the kids can design projects with.
The library recently purchased its first 3D printer late last year and are currently working on getting it up and running. It will be on display and demoing sometime during National Library Week starting April 10, with the prospect of being available to the public after May.
The next Makers Club will be April 19. To see more events, go online.